tonight on "nightline," higher learning? investigating those for-profit colleges known for their online degrees. a government report saysmany are misleading students. our hiding cameras get answers. and into the wild, from big cats and bears to elephants. we journey to a far away place where some of the most threatened animals are given the chance to roam free again. plus, egg scare. the recall of 380 million eggs linked to salmonella goes nationwide. we'll tell you what you teneed know to keep your family safe.
good evening. i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin tonight by going back to school. a federal probe that showed that students that enroll in for-profit schools received more than $20 billion in federal aid last year and now they're defaulting on those loans in alarming rate. federal investigators went undercover and met with school recruiters who oversold the money students could expect to learn. it was certainly misleading, but was it par for the course? it was certainly misleading, but was it par for the course? we took our hidden cameras to one such school for tonight's "nightline" investigates. >> i knew i'd go to school, but i also knew a traditional college wasn't for me. >> they promise a second chance at an education.
often from the comfort of home. >> i'm looking for tanya. >> i'm looking for tanya. but this is an uncover producer posing as a prospective student at the largest for-profit mostly online college. >> it's the same accrediting body as say, your columbias, your nyus, notre dame, usc -- >> harvard. >> right. >> the recruiter says with their degrew and student teaching he'll be set. >> i can go to the university of phoenix, do my bachelor's degree, and 100% for sure, i can go to texas or new york city and sit for those examines and once i finish those exams, i can teach. >> yes, that is true. >> but it's not true. that degree alone went low him to teach in many states. we went undercover after meeting melissa dalmier who went back to
school to teach. >> can wanted to be an elementary school teacher. can wanted to give back to our future, our children. >> she says a university of phoenix recruiter told her an online associate's degree was her ticket, much as the recruiter old our undercover producer. >> you could have a bachelor's degree basket weaving and still have the program. >> so what i want to know, it sounts like if i get a bachelors from here, i'm going to be okay there? >> yeah. >> they told me after two years i could start to teaching. they had an agreement with the illinois board of education and as soon as i fished the program, i would be ready to start working. >> what she wasn't told was that degree was essentially worthless to her. it wouldn't allow her to teach in illinois. >> i was pretty devastated. you have it in your head after two years you're going oo do
something you have also wanted to do, and nen you find out it's not true. >> do we train our people to give that kind of misadvice? absolutely not. >> we asked the university of phoenix's president, dr. bill pepicello why our hidden camera caught this same false promise. the same thing happens, a different recruiter, university of phoenix, if i come and pay all this money, can i teach? absolutely. 100%, 100%. >> well, no change in that particular instance. that's absolutely -- it's indefensible. it's unacceptable. and you know, we deal with those cases immediately. as they come up. >> he said they're investigating these cases. and taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> believe you me, no one here has not gone to school because of financial aid. >> and the government has been
doing its own investigation into for-profit schools like the university of phoenix. >> a lot of people have student loans but the best thing about it, it's not like a car note where if you don't pay, they're going to come after you. >> in several cases, recruiters told undercover agents you're not penalized if you don't pay a federal student loan back. >> you look at, i owe $85,000 to the university of florida. i look at life as tomorrow is never praumshed. >> i felt like i was in a position of trust and taking advantage of students who thought they could trust me. >> zarah crowley was a recruiter at the for-profit westwood college in 2007. the school says it gives degrees in such diverse disciplines as design, technology, criminal justice, and health care. >> we could tell students that various degrees would get them into a job which they could
start earning up to $100,000 a year. >> she said she quit because she couldn't continue preying on low-income youth and using something called pain points. >> it would be something, thiey work at mcdonald's. they don't want to be like their parents. we turn it on them and say, i thought you wanted to do something with your life. >> a memo confirmed this. identify the pain point and dig, it says. >> in your situation, and at your stage in life, you should be ready to make the investment of time and money necessary to get you where you should be at this point. >> mm-hmm. >> but you're not. >> crowley said this video from a different school reminds her of the pain point tactic. >> on the phone, we acted one way. when we would hang up the phone, a completely different side. >> behind closed doors, she said recruitered laughed at the students. >> they laughed at the students, they called them the jerry
springer crowd. >> one of the most outrageous examples of recruiters overselling their programs was this one. where a recruiter explains to an agent that he can make up to six figures after graduating from a barber training program. >> we have some students making maybe $600, $700, $800 a day. >> in fact, those government agents found that recruiters at all 15 for-profit schools they tested made deceptive sales pitches. >> 15 for 15 is a wake-up call. >> a wake-up call that you got caught and you may have to change. >> a wake-up call that whatever the schools thought they were doing is clearly not enough. >> harris miller is an industry spokesman for the schools. >> you acnauknowledge that the wrong-doing is on going even as we speak. >> unfortunately, yes. we haven't gotten rid of all the bad situations. i'm not sure what the sources are, but we have a zero
tolerance policy. once in a while, you have to take an employee and take them out in the back and shoot them, not literally. >> and scrow have to do it before i come and call you. because if you have to be caught before you do something, you're never going to improve. >> absolutely. >> despite these problems, miller says for-profit schools still play a valuable role. >> we have the ability, the capacity to add to what the community colleges and traditional schools are doing, but we have to do it the right way. >> but for melissa, she's out $8,000 and now unemployed. we asked miller what will be done for students like her. you're going change going forward, that's beautiful, muse took the ears of your krutices, but what are you doing do? >> congress has the ability to change the law. >> it's not right to do that to change the law. somebody. you don't tell people something just because you want their business. >> melissa still hopes to be able to teach one day.
this is chris cuomo for "nightline." >> university of phoenix is not going to refund melissa dalmier's money, but is offering her free tuition. they're in the process of changing how they pay recruiters and inform new students about financial aid and job prospects. and when "nightline" returns, we take you where the wild things are. and one remarkable animal sanctuary. ♪ [ female announcer ] you choose the cutest outfits. which free detergent are you washing them in? switch to tide free & gentle. no other free detergent is milder on skin. and unlike the leading free detergent, tide free & gentle removes more residue from dirt, food, and stains. so you can be confident about every outfit you put her in,
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we journey now to an exotic place to see how some of nature's most magnificent creatures are being cared for by some very dedicated humans under very difficult circumstances. dan harris reports on this on going installment for our series into the wild. >> okay, you're going to see this chap. >> this man's job requires him
to talk to tigers. >> i raised him. his mother didn't raise him and i hand-raised him. >> bottle fed him? >> yeah. >> tiger cover around the house would be neat. >> you lose your furniture. >> he's impressive. and this one is named darrah. both of these big cats were confiscated in a law enforcement operation from people keeping who were keeping them as pets. they can't be released into the wild. >> he's a kind of dangerous neighbor, and nobody wants him around. you know damn well in my country or your country, if we had tigers, we would have exterminated them years ago. what are you doing? >> getting into a hunting crouch there. that was play, i hope. >> might be an idea just to position ourselves. >> there are roughly 1,200 animals here at the animal rescue center in cambodia. >> it's quite a common forest here, throughout most of asia. >> reporter: most of them rescued from the illegal animal
trade. >> look at the baby on her. >> they're actually quite tame. >> reporter: sometimes the animals who have endured the worst have truly be given a second chance. this is the first elephant recipient of a prosthesis. nick marks was called to the scene when he was first found alone and injured in the jungle. >> he was on his own. he had lost his mother. he was probably a maximum of two years old. >> they think he might have walked into a snare. >> he was in a terrible state, terribly thin and wouldn't have survived. hand-fed him everything he ate, everything he ate. and here's here today. >> reporter: now he has a friend and protector named, lucky. . >> whoa! >> reporter: in this desperately poor country, that is very rich in exotic animals, many people make money by selling animals as pets or as food or as used in traditional medicine.
kind of fun to watch them eat. >> they're great, yeah. >> waddling, invading army swarming the beach. >> reporter: in center is run by the cambodian government with help from the u.s.-based wildlife alliance and that's who nick works for. while here these animals get protection and affection -- >> what are you doing? >> reporter: -- everywhere here, you see animals bravely soldiering on despite serious injuries. >> this old bear is named ralph. he's got three legs. a lot of the bears here don't have all their legs because they got caught in snares. >> reporter: these are sun bears, which look like they're half bear, half golden retriever. while we're here, the wildlife alliance mounts a raid to rescue two baby black bears. this woman had the baby bears tied up in ropes.
she's now facing five to ten years in prison. >> we just had to provide all these branches to make them feel more secure. >> reporter: the bear cubs are brought to be treated by an australian group called free the bears. what's the prognosis for the bears? >> compared to others, it's nowhere near as good as others. as in the past. one has lost her foot. and another one which has lost all of her claws and another -- >> it must be tough to see baby bears come in this condition. >> oh, it's been extremely disappointing. depressing. >> reporter: it seems what you do here is take animals who've the worst possible experience and given them a pretty cozy place to live. >> well, we do that, and beyond that, actually. that's true. this isn't the end of the line for them. it's a pretty good end of the line. but if we think that they're up to life in the wild again, then we rehab them and release them. >> reporter: oh, nice! before we leave, chuk and lucky
give us a show, kicking soccer balls -- >> oh, look at this. >> reporter: -- and spinning their handlers around. and then they dance the macarena. ♪ for a price, of course. >> he doesn't dance for nothing. >> for "nightline," this is dan harris in cambodia. >> dancing for peanuts. dan harris reporting from cambodia. when we return, "nightline" takes you into the kitchen of chef rich bailiff, author of several award-winning cookbooks and a master of mexican cuisine. i'm chef michael,
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caught up with him for tonight's platelist. >> when i was a kid, my grandmother taught me one of the most important lessons of my life, no matter what happened, that you could solve everything by just bringing everybody to the table together. boy, on sunday afternoon, my grandmother would pull everybody together, make us all sit down at the table toogether, before long, things started working themselves out. one of the things that i love to have around in my house and i want today show you today is something, a bath of garlic, olive oil. so i have a little bit of chipotle chili, and you slide that into an oven. it's completely safe to keep in the refrigerator for up to three
months. i'm going to take a little bit of the oil here, some nice shrimp, chop up a little bit of cilantro and give them some of the solids. i grew up in a middle class family. we never had money to travel, but i kwinlsed my folks when i was 14 that we should take a vacation, and i really wanted to go to mexico, and i convinced them. it turned out to be life changing for me. when i went to mexico, it felt like i had come home in a way. it was such a warm and generous culture, and it didn't seem strange or foreign to me as much as it seemed really deliciously perfect. now, the shrimp are going to go onto a platter here. and then i've got some wonderful vegetables. to serve right alongside the shrimp there. making for a really beautiful presentation and a nice textural contrast.
the one food that always evokes a really strong emotional response for me is peaches. my grandmother had nine grandchildren and most of us came together for this one week every summer. and we would go to an orchard about two hours away and pick peaches and spend the next days, usually three or four days, canning peaches, making jam, pickling peaches, and all during the wintertime, every sunday afternoon, the dessert was peach cobbler. that was sort of the family tradition. we have beach mushrooms, shiitake, oyster mushrooms and morrell mushrooms that have been wild harvests and some of the oil from sauce. bacon with mushrooms is an absolute match made in heaven. garlic solids, and sprinkle them in, too. here we're using parchment to
make this. at the bottom, the heart-shaped leaf. i'll take a piece of it and take some of our mushrooms, gather up the sides of the package here, twist to make a kind of seal package. in our family, because i work evenings and so does my wife, we didn't sit down for dinner together as a family. instead, we sat down for breakfast. light candles, sit down, say grace. it could have been nothing more than a bowl of granola and yogurt as a family and talk as a unit. when they're bubbling beautifully underneath, you know they're done. this is my favorite part of all this. we cut it open. look at that. how beautiful is that? i always think of myself as the person who offers people the opportunity to have just a wonderful experience. and the experience may be
because the people at the table they hadn't seen in a long time, and they just couldn't wait to catch up. perhaps there was magic that happened in the relationships at the table. and i hope that the food is sort of a spark for all of that. kind of a catalyst for having a good time, and i think the better i am as a chef, the more those magical moments really happen for people. >> magical food moments indeed. we also want to remind you that voting for the people's platelist starts online argue 26th. each person submitted a video and over gets the most votes wins their own platelist right here on "nightline." and when we come back, what you need to know about the recall of 380 million tainted eggs. but first, here is jimmy kimmel with what is coming up next on abc. >> thanks, cynthia. tonight, sharon osbourne, music from truth and salvage company,
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